Culture and Disability provides information about views of disability in other cultures and ways in which rehabilitation professionals may improve services for persons from other cultures, especially recent immigrants. The book includes chapters with descriptions of the interaction of culture and disability. A model on "Culture Brokering" provides a framework for addressing conflicts that often arise between service providers and clients from differing cultures. Seven chapters discuss the cultural perspectives of China, Jamaica, Korea, Haiti, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, focusing on how disability is understood in these cultures.

Disability Service Providers as Culture Brokers

Disability service providers as culture brokers
Mary AnnJezewski


Providing culturally competent disability services may require that service providers play a role beyond that for which they were technically trained. The concept of culture brokering may be new to disability service providers, but various components of the role may already be part of the service provider's practice. This chapter will present a model for culture brokering as well as discussing the relevance of the model for disability service providers. Examples of ways that culture brokering may be used in specific situations will also be included.

We define culture brokering as the act of bridging, linking, or mediating between groups or persons of differing cultural backgrounds for the purpose of reducing conflict or producing ...

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